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April 04, 2017 | 5th LafargeHolcim Awards competition | Zurich, Switzerland

Diversity of entries from across all regions in most significant global competition in sustainable design
Diversity of entries from across all regions in most significant global competition in …

The 5th International LafargeHolcim Awards competition for projects and visions in sustainable construction closed at the end of March 2017. From a total of 5,085 entries by authors in 121 countries, 70% are valid and will be examined by independent juries in five world regions. The winners will be announced in the fourth quarter of the year, where seven Main Awards and four Next Generation prizes carrying a purse of USD 330,000 will be presented in each region.

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March 09, 2017 | Book Launch | Jakarta, Indonesia

Free translation of “Greening Asia” already shared with over 300 students
Free translation of “Greening Asia” already shared with over 300 students

A free translation of “Greening Asia: Emerging Principles of Sustainable Architecture” by Nirmal Kishnani has already been shared with over 300 students. The LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction and Holcim Indonesia co-sponsored the translation into Bahasa Indonesia launched in Jakarta and Bandung.

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February 16, 2017 | Book Launch | Jakarta, Indonesia

Free translation of “Greening Asia” offered by LafargeHolcim Foundation and Holcim Indonesia
Free translation of “Greening Asia” offered by LafargeHolcim Foundation and Holcim Indonesia

“Greening Asia: Emerging Principles of Sustainable Architecture” by Nirmal Kishnani is one of the standard handbooks for building professionals, developers, operators, and academia. It aims to encourage sustainable design that addresses the diverse needs of the region and its people by reporting on over 30 recent projects throughout Asia that go “beyond green”. 

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January 30, 2017 | 5th LafargeHolcim Awards competition | Zurich, Switzerland

Countdown to close of entries in USD 2 million sustainable design competition
Countdown to close of entries in USD 2 million sustainable design competition

Entries in the 5th International LafargeHolcim Awards will close on March 21, 2017. The competition seeks projects at an advanced stage of design from the fields of architecture, building and civil engineering; landscape and urban design; as well as materials, products and construction technologies. The Awards also feature a Next Generation category for visions and ideas of young professionals and students.

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December 09, 2016 | Sustainable Construction Briefing | Cairo, Egypt

Awards Ambassador receives recognition at briefing in Cairo
Awards Ambassador receives recognition at briefing in Cairo

“Students and young professionals around the world now have an unlimited opportunity to share their ideas and win international recognition through the LafargeHolcim Awards,” says PhD candidate and LafargeHolcim Forum 2016 student poster winner, Eduardo Pizarro. The enthusiastic Brazilian architecture student is conducting research on “Turning Voids into Infrastructure” to find ways to leverage spaces between the buildings in Paraisópolis, the second largest favela in the city where he studies at the Faculty of Architecture & Urbanism at the University of São Paulo (USP).

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November 26, 2016 | Expert Panel | Venice, Italy

Expert panel examined the interplay between sustainability and security and how architecture should respond to the challenges
Expert panel examined the interplay between sustainability and security and how …

The excitement was palpable as guests – mainly students and young architects from all over the world – eagerly streamed into the historic Teatro Piccolo Arsenale in Venice. With the 300-person venue filled to capacity, moderator Rolf Soiron inspired the panelists Alejandro Aravena, Jonathan Ledgard, Milinda Pathiraja and Robert Mardini to discuss practical solutions, rather than hold a strictly formal debate.

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November 26, 2016 | La Biennale di Venezia | Venice, Italy

A successful “emotional experience”
A successful “emotional experience”

The 15th International Biennale of Architecture in Venice attracted almost 260,000 visitors within six months, roughly 15 percent more than any former architecture exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Curator Alejandro Aravena stressed that he and his team had set out to create an emotional experience more than a platform to transfer knowledge. “This Biennale was all about improving the quality of life for people,” he said.

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November 25, 2016 | Publication Announcement | Zurich, Switzerland

Special edition of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui dedicated to a self-supporting structure of compressed- earth tiles – the backbone of a compelling initiative
Special edition of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui dedicated to a self-supporting structure …

“This skilled geometrical vault holds the promise of a brighter future”, writes Editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Borne in the latest “hors série” publication of the bilingual magazine L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (AA). It is dedicated to the Droneport project, the “successful attempt to harness the rapid improvements in technology for the benefit of the poorest”, as Edwin Heathcote, architecture and design critic of the Financial Times, puts it in his editorial.

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October 25, 2016 | Project Update | Paris, France

Vertical diversity used to interweave multiple functions
Vertical diversity used to interweave multiple functions

The Lieu de vie campus hub at the University of Paris-Saclay was opened in January 2016 and formally handed over to the university on May 31, 2016. Designed by architects Gilles Delalex, Yves Moreau and Thomas Wessel-Cessieux from Muoto architects, the LafargeHolcim Awards Silver winner for Europe merges economic and aesthetic considerations, and turns the limitation of low-cost construction into one of the building’s great strengths.

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September 23, 2016 | Video – LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

LafargeHolcim Awards – strengthening our pillar of sustainability
LafargeHolcim Awards – strengthening our pillar of sustainability

Innovation plays an important role as the challenges of the built environment grow daily. But the industry cannot blaze a trail towards better solutions on its own. The LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction provides many platforms of exchange for engineers, architects, and related professions to exchange new ideas including its forums, publications and Awards competition. Building bridges between all stakeholder groups along the value chain helps to develop, multiply, and implement new ideas.

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July 04, 2016 | Competition announcement | Zurich, Switzerland

5th International LafargeHolcim Awards seeks smart solutions for cities and the built environment
5th International LafargeHolcim Awards seeks smart solutions for cities and the built environment

The LafargeHolcim Awards is the most significant global competition in sustainable design. It seeks leading projects of professionals as well as bold ideas from the Next Generation that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. Organized by the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, the competition identifies the ideas with the highest potential to tackle today’s challenges to increasing urbanization and to improve quality of life. 

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July 04, 2016 | Awards competition launch | Paris, France

The world’s most significant competition for sustainable design launched in Paris
The world’s most significant competition for sustainable design launched in Paris

More than 150 experts from architecture, urban design and other built environment professionals attended the LafargeHolcim Awards competition launch in Paris. The event marked the opening of the USD 2 million competition for projects and visions on sustainable construction. The Awards identify ideas with the highest potential to tackle today’s challenges to increasing urbanization and to improve quality of life.

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April 27, 2016 | Global Finalist Certificate Handover | Detroit, MI, USA

An elegant and discrete structure dedicated to children’s learning
An elegant and discrete structure dedicated to children’s learning

Francisco Pardo and Julio Amezcua were finalists in the Global Awards 2015 for their school design concept Kokokali. The two Mexico-based architects recently at­tended the International LafargeHolcim Forum in Detroit, where the Foundation took the opportunity to recognize their project with a Global Finalist certificate. The project was praised by the Global Awards jury for creatively re-thinking “the school” as a building type, and for reassessing buildings for education and investigating their architectural potential from an entirely new perspective.

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November 05, 2015 | Exhibition – New South | Paris, France

New South Exhibition explores the role of architecture in developing cities
New South Exhibition explores the role of architecture in developing cities

The exhibition New South at Galerie CROUX in Paris features the work of six young architects, including two Next Generation prize-winners, Meriem Chabani and Chamss Doha Oulkadi. New South explores how sustainable design addresses economic, social, cultural and environmental challenges by examining different ways of living, construction methodologies and cultural representations in developing cities of the South.

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October 30, 2015 | 1st Next Generation Awards Lab | New York, NY, USA

First Awards Lab targets ethical standards and social inclusion
First Awards Lab targets ethical standards and social inclusion

More than 50 Next Generation prize-winners from the 4th Awards competition met in New York to exchange ideas about the future of sustainable construction. Projects and teams represented Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, France, Indonesia, Ireland, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and the United States.

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September 24, 2015 | Community Voting | Zurich, Switzerland

Holcim Awards – Your Choice
Holcim Awards – Your Choice

The 4th International Holcim Awards – Your Choice voting competition ran from March 16 until May 19, 2015 to find the favorite “Next Generation” sustainable construction projects and received more than 120,000 votes.

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September 24, 2015 | Global Bronze Prize Ceremony | New York, NY, USA

Big U team led by BIG and One Architecture honored with Global Award for sustainable construction
Big U team led by BIG and One Architecture honored with Global Award for sustainable construction

The Dryline project addresses New York City’s vulnerability to coastal flooding with a protective ribbon in Southern Manhattan – and is the winner of the global Bronze prize of the LafargeHolcim Awards, the most significant international competition for sustainable design and construction. Created by a consortium led by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group and One Architecture, the 13km (8mi) long infrastructural barrier incorporates public space with the high-water barrier doubling as parks, seating, bicycle shelters and skateboard ramps.

At the ceremony in New York City, Daniel Zarrilli, Director at the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, commended the project for taking and furthering an important City resiliency priority that will enable New York City to withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change.

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September 24, 2015 | Video – Project Author | New York, NY, USA

Bjarke Ingels: “Information driven design”
Bjarke Ingels: “Information driven design”

The founder of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group explains how the design work of his office is driven by information. The Dryline project to implement creative urban infrastructure that protects Manhattan from floods was created from the specific knowledge of external specialists, as well as the local community. “Our role is to take these inputs and synthesis a design solution that is informed by this wealth of knowledge,” explains BIG founder Bjarke Ingels at the Global Awards Bronze 2015 prize ceremony in New York.

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September 24, 2015 | Global Finalist Certificate Handover | New York, NY, USA

An unshakable commitment to the children of Nepal
An unshakable commitment to the children of Nepal

Hilary Sample of MOS Architects received a Global Finalist 2015 certificate for “Children’s Ziggurat”, the Lali Gurans orphanage and library in Kathmandu, Nepal. The project for a locally-adapted earthquake resistant structure addresses the needs of an under-served rural population with a facility that uses low-technology renewable energy and material resources, thus significantly reducing operating costs. As part of the celebration of the Global Awards Bronze prize in New York City, the certificate was handed over by Marc Angélil, member of the Global Awards jury 2015 and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation. 

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September 24, 2015 | Global Finalist Certificate Handover | New York, NY, USA

A humble brick packed with innovation and architectural potential
A humble brick packed with innovation and architectural potential

John Locke received a Global Finalist 2015 certificate on behalf of the team from The Living architecture lab for their “Hy-Fi” project that is researching zero-carbon bricks using recent advances in biotechnology combined with cutting-edge computation and engineering. As part of the celebration of the Global Awards Bronze prize in New York City, the certificate was handed over by Marc Angélil, member of the Global Awards jury 2015 and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation. 

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